One of the goodies that came in my Silhouette bundle was printable canvas. I have always wanted pictures of my children on canvas but never wanted to pay the price most places charge. So I decided to try to DIY it :)
I put the canvas (canvas side down, paper side up) in my printer and printed the pictures of my kids.
The sheets of canvas are 8.5 x 11 inches. I could have printed it and just framed them. But I wanted to stretch them over a wood frame. I cut a square dowel that measured ⅝ of an inch. I needed four framed so I cut 8 pieces that were 5 ¼ inches and 8 pieces that were 9 ¼ inches.
I nailed them together to form a rectangle frame. The smaller pieces fit inside the longer ones (shown below).
The canvas has a sticky back so it can be used in paper crafts and scrapbooking as well. I peeled off the protective paper off the sticky side. Then I laid the canvas face down (sticky side up) and set the frame on it. I made sure it was centered and then folded the sides up so I could staple them. The ends I treated like a wrapped package. The sticky back really helped with this step. It kept it in place while I secured it with a staple.
If you want, you could stick some paper on the backs where the sticky side is exposed, but it didn't bother me. I just left it as is.
A single nail and they were hung!
I love the look with the canvas wrapped around!
A few tips:
*If possible, edit your pictures to be a little more saturated in color before printing on the canvas. There are free, simple editing programs online. The ink will be adsorbed into the canvas a little so the picture will not be quite as vibrant as it would if you were printing it on photo paper. Don't over do it, but a little does help.
*Lay your canvas on a flat, hard surface when stapling. This will help the staples go into the wood all the way. If you have some that do not go in far enough, simply hammer them in the rest of the way.
*If you do not have a saw most Home Improvement places ( like Home Depot) will cut the wood for you as long as you have the measurements with you.
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